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    Connections - March 2008

    Newsletter for College of Education faculty, staff, and students

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    New Waterbury Chair in College of Education will Focus on STEM Education

    Richard A. Duschl will join the Penn State College of Education as the new Waterbury Chair in Secondary Education, effective August 15.

    College of Education and Dickinson School of Law to Offer New Joint Graduate Degrees

    Participants will be able to obtain both a juris doctor (J.D.) and a master’s or doctoral degree from one of two College of Education programs.

    Cycle-Thon 2008 and Picnic Planned for April 27

    This relaxed event includes a 13-mile scenic loop around the State College area.

    Office Profile - Education and Behavioral Sciences Library

    The Education Library is a user-friendly facility, largely because of its faculty and staff.

    Linking School with the Homes of an Urban Neighborhood

    Penn State’s Urban Teaching Collaborative is putting a new desktop computer into the home of each child enrolled at Philadelphia's Isaac A. Sheppard Elementary School.

    Faculty and Staff Campaign Kicks Off

    University employees have an opportunity to help enhance the quality of the University's programs.

    Adult Education Has Presence in Second Life

    Students in ADTED 531 were introduced to an online 3-D virtual environment.

    Center for American Heritage Studies Collaborates with Pennsylvania Military Museum

    Thirty-four social studies student teachers from the College have been working with the Center to assemble hands-on teaching kits on selected topics for use in public schools.

    United Way Committee Reports on a Successful Campaign

    The College's efforts to raise funds for the United Way campaign total more than $13,000.

    Faculty and Staff News


    Orrin Murray Joins College as Director of EDUCATE

    Murray's work focuses on the integration of technology in K-12 education.

    Greg Kelly and Anne Whitney Win Awards from AERA

    Kelly was named an Outstanding Reviewer for Educational Researcher for 2007, and Whitney is winner of the 2008 Steve Cahir Award.

    David Gamson Leads Project to Study the Cognitive Demands of Reading Comprehension

    Gamson and his colleagues received funding of $468,750 from the Spencer Foundation for the study.

    Videogame Business Will Get the Academic Treatment at Conference

    Several members of the College are set to participate in an upcoming conference dedicated to research that examines the rapidly growing influence of videogames as they cross multiple aspects of society.

    Humphrey Fellow Demet Gulaldi Makes a Virtual Presentation for her Colleagues

    Gulaldi, a visiting Humphrey Fellow from Turkey, had a cordial virtual exchange with familiar faces from back home during a recent Penn State presentation.

    Congratulations Faculty and Staff

    Recent achievements of Robert Reason, Michael Dooris, Chris Hoadley, Roger Shouse, and faculty members of the online Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program for Special Education.

    Faculty/Staff Research

    Review the latest faculty/staff presentations, publications, grants, and grant proposals.

    Student News

    Students Participate in THON

    College of Education students were among the dancers, and others served on various committees.

    CI ED Well Represented at Conference

    Fourteen graduate students in the Comparative and International Programs presented papers at a recent conference in New York.

    Kara Callahan and Christa Harmotto Help Lady Lion Volleyball Team to NCAA Championship

    Kara and Christa, both students in the Elementary & Kindergarten Education program of the College of Education, played key roles throughout the team's championship season.

    Student Congratulations

    Recent achievements of Parrish Paul and David Tandberg.


    Enter the Third Annual 5K Race/3K Walk to Help Cure Autism

    The event is scheduled for April 12, 2008.

    College of Education Career Day Scheduled for Monday, April 7

    Recruiters will be on hand to conduct interviews.

    American Indian Powwow Scheduled April 12 & 13

    Don't miss this traditional powwow featuring dancers, singers, and traders.

    Grant Available for Children of Penn State Employees

    Letters of application for the 2008–09 Steve A. Garban Grant-In-Aid are being accepted until April 30.

    Annual PASCD Tuition Scholarships

    Applications must be postmarked by the May 31 deadline.

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